1962 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2
Chassis no. 4085
Engine no. TBA
3,967cc SOHC V12 Engine
3 Weber Carburetors
300bhp at 7,000rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission with Overdrive
Front Independent Suspension – Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Early Prototype example
*Believed to have been Enzo's personal car
*Restored in 2009
*Distinct Ivory and Black color combination
THE FERRARI 330 GT 2+2
By the end of the 1950s, the market for sports cars with 'family accommodation' had grown sufficiently for Ferrari to contemplate the introduction of a four-seater model. Introduced in the summer of 1960, the first such Ferrari - the 250 GTE 2+2 - was based on the highly successful 250 GT. Pininfarina's brief had been to produce a 2+2 without sacrificing the 250's elegant good looks or sporting characteristics, and Italy's foremost carrozzeria succeeded brilliantly, moving the engine, gearbox, and steering gear forward and the fuel tank back, thus creating sufficient room for two occasional rear seats.
The 250 GTE provided the basis for its replacement: the 330 GT 2+2 introduced in January 1964. Pininfarina was once again entrusted with the styling, adopting of a four-headlamp frontal treatment that reflected the tastes of Ferrari's most important export market, the USA. The 330 GT's tubular chassis was 50mm longer in the wheelbase than before, which made conditions less cramped for the rear passengers. Suspension was independent at the front by wishbones and coil springs, while at the back there was a live axle/semi-elliptic set-up. Improvements to the discs-all-round braking system saw separate hydraulic circuits adopted for front and rear. Nevertheless, and as may be deduced from Sporting Motorist's comments above, Ferrari had not lost sight of the requirement to offered the ultimate driving experience, despite the increase in bulk necessitated by the 330 GT's additional accommodation.
The 330 GT's Colombo-type, 60-degree, V12 engine had first appeared in the 330 America (effectively a big-bore 250 GTE 2+2) in 1963. Displacing 3,967cc, the single-overhead-camshaft, all-alloy unit was good for 300-plus horsepower, an output sufficient to propel the 330 GT to a maximum velocity of 152mph (245km/h) making it, when introduced, the fastest road-going Ferrari. Equipped at first with a four-speeds-plus-overdrive gearbox, the 330 GT gained a five-speed transmission in mid-1965 and later that year had its four-headlight front end replaced by a two-lamp arrangement, these later cars being known as the 'Series 2'. By the time production ceased in 1967, Ferrari had built 1,080 330 GTs, of which 455 were to 'Series 2' specification.
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
Kean Ferrari aficionados will note that this 330 GT 2+2 wears a serial number well below the common digits found on other examples within the family. The reason being is that #4085 was constructed in August of 1962 as the second of two prototype models and subsequently spent the first 2 years of its life at the factory. Consequently, it is believed that this very car was used as Enzo Ferrari's personal car (or perhaps a development mule!) until 1963 when it became the poster car for the model appearing in promotion material. Being a pre-production model, several details delineate this 330 from examples with more recent manufacturing dates. The primary of which being the fuse box placed behind the passenger side fire wall much like on an earlier 250 PF. In addition, the car was finished without air conditioning or power windows.
Once the 330 GT 2+2 had made its official public debut at the Brussels Motor Show, Ferrari imported the vehicle into the United States through Luigi Chinetti Motors, and it was sold as a new car. Soon after, an un-named man from New York purchased the car and kept ownership until 1976. Bill Townsend was the next person to take care of 4085, by the early 1980s the old prototype had passed through several new, enthusiastic owners. By this point the Ferrari had been brought down to the great expanse of The Lone Star State, and would remain there for nearly 35 years. During this time the car was well cared for and underwent a restoration in 2009. As it sits today, the car wears the same Ivory exterior and black interior color scheme that it left the factory wearing way back in 1962. Since the old prototype received attention, good care has been applied and both the exterior and interior appear in wonderful condition. Unfortunately, the original motor has been long gone since a failure necessitated a replacement to be installed at some point during the 1970s, but odds and ends like the owner's manual have managed to endure the multiple owners of this vehicle.
A Ferrari with a fascinating provenance - a works history! - finished in an untraditional color scheme like this example, should be a must have for any enthusiast looking for a 60s Ferrari with prototype history, and quite possibly, a close association with il Commendatore himself.
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